Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Rebecca Wydysh and Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski remind the public April is celebrated as national Donate Life Month. Residents are asked to consider registering as organ, eye and tissue donors, and to honor those who have saved lives through the gift of a donation.
“According to Donate Life America, more than 100,000 women, men and children are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants and, every 10 minutes, another person is added to the national transplant waiting list,” Wydysh said. “Every April, we try to do our best to raise awareness of this issue and ask the public to please consider registering to be a donor.”
Jastrzemski said people can sign up for the registry at www.donatelife.ny.gov/register or may do so when they replace, renew or upgrade their driver's license or non-driver identification.
“One organ donor can save up to eight lives and impact dozens more with tissue donations,” said Jastrzemski, who proudly noted 51% of Niagara County’s licensed drivers are organ donors “While joining the registry takes just a few minutes, the impact of your decision may very well be felt for generations.”